East Grinstead are finals bound in the Jaffa Super 6s

Holcombe captain Steph Elliott in action against Reading. Credit Andy Smith - 480x320
East Grinstead booked their place at the finals of the Jaffa Super 6s at London's Copper Box Arena on January 28 with two more victories in the Women’s Premier Division on Sunday.

Bowdon Hightown, Holcombe and Leicester will also compete for the title after finishing in the top four.

East Grinstead went into the final day of the group stages at the Phoenix Sport and Leisure Centre in Telford needing just one point to secure their place in the finals and they achieved that in the opening game of the day, beating Clifton Robinsons 5-2.

They were 3-1 up after just 13 minutes in that game, Helen Richardson-Walsh netting twice while Kate Richardson-Walsh, Abi Harper, Ashlie Caddick and Ellie Cockburn scored the rest.

Sutton Coldfield’s Vicky Woolford couldn’t stop the East Grinstead onslaught in the following game despite scoring twice as Helen Richardson-Walsh scored her third and fourth goals of the day as her side won 5-3.

There were also two wins on the day for Bowdon Hightown, who secured second spot with 19 points.

A double for Sally Walton and strikes from England and GB Olympians Tina Cullen and Sam Quek guided them to a 4-0 win over Canterbury. 

Walton once again scored twice as they won 5-2 in their second game against Slough, with Cullen finding the target twice and Quek adding another.

That loss for defending champions Slough cost them their place at the finals with Leicester pipping them to fourth spot, finishing equal on points with third-placed Holcombe but behind the Kent-based side on number of games won.

Both sides played each other on the final day in a game was as tight as expected, with Holcombe eventually taking a 6-5 win.

With the scores tied 3-3 at the break, it was a Dirkie Chamberlain double and England and GB international Ellie Watton’s goal that finally sealed the win for Holcombe despite Leicester's in-form Lauren Turner netting a hat-trick.

In their second game of the day, Leicester faced bottom club Reading and won 8-1 with Chloe Rogers hitting a hat-trick. Turner added two more to her tally which now stands at an impressive 22.

Holcombe also played Reading and ran out 6-1 winners, Watton shoiwing great form by hitting four of her side’s goals to finish with 12 in total.

It has been a campaign to forget for Reading though as they finished bottom without recording a single point, while Sutton Coldfield finished one place above them on five points.

* The above photograph shows Holcombe captain Steph Elliott in action against Reading. Credit Andy Smith.

* For goalscorers and full competition details, including live updates, click here.